With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine) Jon Stickley Trio combines Jon Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar with the sultry and wild, yet refined, melodies of Lyndsay Pruett on violin set over the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drums. The three have fused their collective styles into a repertoire of exciting and innovative original music along with some captivating covers.
Riding the wave of their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Lost at Last, Jon Stickley Trio independently released a 5-song EP, Triangular, on December 2, 2016. With help from a successful Kickstarter Campaign, the trio was able to record the new full length album, Maybe Believe, with Producer Dave King (Of The Bad Plus). It will be released in May, 12, 2017.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Jon Stickley is known for his rapid-fire flatpicking, and his ability to blend different musical elements from across the board to create a sound that is all his own. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, this Durham native has been in various bands throughout the years, including Colorado’s legendary Broke Mountain, and several Asheville based bands. The Jon Stickley Trio has become his primary focus, and the vessel through which he presents his original music.
Lyndsay Pruett is an extremely diverse fiddle player currently residing in Asheville, NC. Her daily life is a constant toss up of genres. As a member of the Jon Stickley trio, she gets to employ just about all of them, including bluegrass, swing, classical, Latin styles, country, and hip hop. Lyndsay got a BM in Commercial Violin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Stylistically, she manages to compliment others’ music and add striking color to it through her improvisations and textural playing.
Patrick Armitage grew up Minneapolis MN in a family of drummers, and graduated from the Minnesota Center for Arts, after which he began studying under Dave King of The Bad Plus. After studying under King for six years, he joined the famed Minneapolis hip hop group Atmosphere. After a year of steady touring with them Patrick left atmosphere and moved to the Hawaiian Islands where he continued to play live and hone his skills in the studio doing session work on a regular basis. Patrick joined the Jon Stickley Trio in 2012, and is now based in Asheville.
“Jon Stickley Trio’s Triangular reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music.” – Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.
“… there’s hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard ‘Valse de Wasso’ than on ‘Darth Radar’ a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on ‘The High Road,’ by Tim O’Brien, they sound both respectful and free.” Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of “Darth Radar,” with Jason Shadrick calling it, “a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“Jon Stickley is a guitarist based in Asheville N.C., and rooted in the flatpicking bluegrass tradition, the quicksilver dialect of Tony Rice and Norman Blake. But in the Jon Stickley Trio, with the fiddler Lyndsay Pruett and the drummer Patrick Armitage, he also bounces around in Gypsy jazz, folk-punk and jam-band territory, tracing a fidgety continuity of style.” – The New York Times, Nate Chinen